45pc of motorists would fail test
Three-quarters of drivers think driving standards are declining, but only one-third think their driving is getting worse.
What Car? has revealed that 45pc of drivers would be likely to fail the practical part of the current driving test if they retook it today.
In a recent poll on whatcar.com, 75pc of drivers said they thought driving standards were getting worse. However, only a third admitted that their driving had deteriorated. Driver error is at least partly to blame for a majority of accidents.
What Car? put 20 readers of varying ages and experience through a practical driving test, with just over half qualifying for a pass mark.
A total of 15 minor faults are allowed, but one serious fault is an immediate fail. Of the 20 readers who took part, eight committed a serious fault, one clocked up more than 15 faults and two of them committed five serious errors. In total the 20 readers racked up a massive 277 minor faults, an average of just under 14 each.
Steve Fowler, What Car? editor-in -chief said: "It is clear that, for some people at least, driving deteriorates over time. It is also clear that many drivers are not as skilled behind the wheel as they would like to think they are."
Lack of observation was the number one fault with the test candidates, followed jointly by speeding and moving off unsafely.